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MP slams government response on horizon scanning

Andrew Miller, chairman of the Commons Science and Technology Committee, has accused the government of “serious weakness” over its response to recommendations on how to improve its horizon-scanning activities.

The comments were made at a Westminster Higher Education Forum event on 25 November.

Miller, Labour MP for Ellesmere Port and Neston, said the government was failing either to make horizon scanning more transparent or to include a wider range of people, and has not explained why the Government Office for Science would not be best placed in the Cabinet Office. These recommendations were in the committee’s report into government horizon scanning, published in May. The government responded in July to say, among other things, that it saw no “compelling reasons” for moving GO Science.

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